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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Aløft

There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Hunter Valley NSW travel guide

Our guide to the best of the region.

Sydney's best business lunches 2015

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney

Make your lunch hour count with our picks of the best business lunches in Sydney.

Rockpool Bar & Grill (66 Hunter St, Sydney, 02 8078 1900) is a polished choice for professional luncheons, and the prix fixe menu at Rockpool (11 Bridge St, Sydney, 02 8078 1900) follows suit.

Modern Chinese offerings are executed with elegance for the business crowd at Spice Temple (10 Bligh St, Sydney, 02 8078 1888), while Cantonese-focused Mr Wong (3 Bridge Ln, Sydney, 02 9240 3000) serves a luxe yum cha rivalling the best in town.

Take a break from the corporate agenda at Bistrode CBD (Level 1, 52 King St, Sydney, 02 9240 3000), or head to its Merivale sister Est (Level 1, Establishment, 252 George St, Sydney, 02 9240 3000) for modern Australian plates with French finesse.

A Greek feast at Alpha (238 Castlereagh St, Sydney, 02 9098 1111) or a power pasta meeting at Bambini Trust (185 Elizabeth St, Sydney, 02 9282 7098) are sure to seal the deal.

Set your sights on The Bridge Room (44 Bridge St, Sydney, 02 9247 7000) for food both remarkable and business-friendly, or bask in the harbour views at Aria (1 Macquarie St, Sydney, 02 9240 0204).

For upbeat occasions, add some razzle and dazzle at Gowings Bar & Grill (49 Market St, Sydney, 02 8262 0062), and if it's on the company card, the big-ticket wine lists at Bentley (27 O'Connell St, Sydney, 02 8214 0505) and Glass Brasserie (Level 2, Hilton Sydney, 488 George St, Sydney, 02 9265 6068) will lend gravitas to celebration and negotiation alike.

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